Why I did not visit Bali in 2011 and why I am looking forward to it in the future
I remember that when I visited South East Asia for 3 months in 2011, I was thinking of going to Bali as well. Bali is an island which together with a few small islands form one of 33 provinces of Indonesia with Denpasar being its capital.
Bali has always been on my bucket list as for us, Europeans, Bali is something exotic where not everyone can go from here if we have only a 2-week holidays in summer (and almost a mission impossible with low salaries in Slovakia).
So when I was planning my SE Asia getaway, I dedicated some time to browse cheap flights to Bali among other countries to visit there. Some of my friends posted their photos from Bali relaxing at the beach on my facebook before and were telling me to definitely hop on a plane to Bali if I was anywhere close.
Especially many of my friends from Australia visit Bali very often because of good deals they can get. And I am also in touch with many people from Indonesia through facebook as they are very active there. So I had really many reasons why to include Bali on my countries-to-visit list in 2011.
But then, believe me or not, I realised I could not make it there this time.
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and again Thailand during 3 months was enough of moving around for me to visit Bali as well. I can tell you I was a bit upset about it. Because first, in Langkawi island I met a Canadian guy who flew to Bali after. And then, after spending a few days in Kuala Lumpur in early November, my friend, a German guy, spoke about his great Bali holidays.
So I really wanted to go.
But with my plans, the most I could spend in beautiful island of Bali was 2 or 3 days. And paying for the flights and the visa to enter Bali (Slovak citizens can get them at the airport – $10 for 7 days, $25 for 30 days) was not worth it in my opinion.
I wanted to go to Bali for longer time.
At least 2 or 3 weeks, or even a month so I could properly enjoy everything the island has to offer.
I learned from my friends or fellow travelers a few things about Bali and I cannot wait to go there within the next few years because of the same reasons.
I am looking forward to visit Bali in the future because:
– it is a country of temples (such as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan) – oh yes! Temples and ruins are just something for me. I could spend days there just thinking and breathing the atmosphere like in the archeological sites of Mexico I visited.
– Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana – a temple complex with macaque monkeys in the jungle. I do love monkeys and it looks like they love me even more. They always attack me and try to get all my food. It is fun!
– Gunung Kawi – 10 shrines engraved in a rock
– hot weather
– beaches with both white (South part of the island) and black sand (West and North)
– island is surrounded by coral reefs – let’s enjoy snorkeling!
– a unique cave (grotto) spa in Ubud
– central Bali is covered with mountains and volcanos (such as Gunung Batur) – as much as I love beaches, I am a mountain girl too.
– Bali Orchid Garden – a garden of thousands of orchid. Tell me, which girl does not like flowers?
– it is affordable
– variety of food, avocado and cheap fresh fruit juices
– there are touristy and less touristy places
– around 280 species of birds, Bali tiger or leopard – some of Bali animals I would like to meet (and hopefully not get eaten by them)
In 2015 I finally went to Bali 🙂